If your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 keeps asking for your iCloud password frequently, you are not alone. It is an extremely frustrating addition by Apple that almost forced me to throw my iOS device into the mouths of those Jurassic Park’s hungry dinosaurs.
(Yeah, you get the image, right?)
But as an Apple fan, I have to live with it. So in this how-to article, I am going to share with you the number of working ways to permanently stop iCloud from opening that password window again.
Before we dive into these solutions, it is also important to explain the problem in detail and explore why iCloud goes crazy on our iOS devices.
Two iCloud Problems: Signing In & Verifying Password
Surprise, surprise! There isn’t just one problem out there. In fact, iCloud shows the window on two occasions:
- Occasion #1: iCloud password required for backing up data.
You will get a popup window on your iPhone’s or iPad’s screen asking you to “verify iCloud password” and Apple says “iCloud Backup requires that you verify your password.” This is a common problem largely visible on iOS 7 and iOS 8.
- Occasion #2: iCloud password required for signing into your account.
You will get a popup window on your iOS screen with a grey box asking you to enter the password of your iCloud account. The window reads as follows: “Sign In to iCloud. Enter the Apple ID password for xxx” (xxx is your iCloud email address).
For both the problems, entering the correct password is the most common solution. While, as far as we remember, inputting password on occasion #1 didn’t bring back the iCloud window (which is a good thing), it didn’t help us with occasion #2.
In fact, dozens of Apple users are complaining all over that web that iCloud prompts them to enter the password every hour. Whether you are browsing Safari, texting, using Facebook or WhatsApp – iCloud just doesn’t care. It will surprise you with that popup window as shown above asking you to enter your password again and again.
Is this frustrating? You bet. Can this problem be solved? Absolutely. Here’s how you can put an end to iCloud’s password request, forever.
How to Force iCloud Email To Stop Asking Password Again
Solution 1: Re-enter Your iCloud Password
As mentioned in the Quick Note, you have to enter the password of your iCloud email address again. However, there is a twist to this method. What is it, you ask?
Entering the password in the popup window will not help. You have to go to Settings -> iCloud -> Tap on the email address and re-enter the password. (This solution works well with brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices).
Solution 2: Log Out And Log In To iCloud
Another common fix but one that works. To get rid of the iCloud’s password window, simply follow the same steps outlined above. However, instead of tapping on your name/screen, from the iCloud page you have to scroll down. Then tap on the “Sign Out” button.
Now you have to sign back in using your iCloud address and password.
Solution 3: Check Your iCloud Email Address
If your iCloud email address is in different case (uppercase or lowercase) compared to your Apple ID, then you will have to match them correctly to fix this problem. As pointed out by a Reddit user:
“Believe it or not, it was because of my email address for iCloud being in all uppercase, while that same email for the Apple ID was all lowercase. I logged out of iCloud and re-entered my email address with all lowercase, and it has seemed to do the trick! “
- Option to change iCloud address: Settings -> iCloud
- Options to change Apple address: Settings -> iTunes & App Store
Solution 4: Update iOS 8 Firmware
While we haven’t tested this, but with all the random iCloud bugs and problems out there, it is always important to update your iPhones and iPads to the latest iOS version.
Take, for example, iOS 8.1.3 that fixed too many bugs including the “issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password.” And this is one of the fix we will recommend (although we are very sure one of the 3 solutions will solve your problem).
While iCloud is useful, the password window opening up randomly (and regularly) has bothered too many good souls in this world. Yes, we always want Apple to make intelligent decisions, and fix major problems, including this one – so a quick shout out to Apple to hear us out!
Lastly, we hope the solutions outlined above will come to your rescue – as it did for us. Let us know how did you stop iCloud from asking your password multiple times in a day through your comments below?
And more importantly, did you ever feel like throwing your iOS device anytime? Hope not.